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Digital influence on elections

"Impact of digital influence on Africa’s elections: lessons from Kenya" - that was the title of a seminar in Johannesburg - it launched a new study by the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria.

3 people: Panelists during the launch of the new study

Panelists during the launch of the new study


The study of the elections in Kenya in August 2022 showed that social media of course encourages freedom of expression, but it also provides a lucrative marketplace for disinformation and influence.

The launch event with some of the authors also discussed which lessons are there for other African countries and especially South Africa, as the country is preparing for its 2024 national polls.

These were the panelists: 

  • Karen Allen, Consultant, ISS Pretoria
  • Jean le Roux, Consultant, ISS Pretoria and Research Associate, Digital Forensic Research Lab
  • Allan Cheboi, Senior Investigations Manager, Code for Africa, Kenya

The report's title is "A question of influence? Case study of Kenyan elections in a digital age"

Find the full study here:


A question of influence?




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